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1960s Kiaat Dressing Table – SOLD

14 Jan

Retro kiaat dressing table

Retro kiaat dressing table

This is probably one of the most impressive pieces of furniture that I’ve had for sale on Mint! Even before finding out the background to this dressing table, I knew that it had to have been made by someone who knew what they were doing – this isn’t your run of the mill retro dressing table! I bought it off a (wonderful!) couple who were downsizing – Herman, the husband, told me that he was so worried somebody would paint it white, but I assured him that whoever bought it from Mint would appreciate it for the fine piece of furniture that it was. Herman and his wife had the dressing table made in 1968 in Johannesburg, by a Swiss furniture maker who was purported to be one of the best in the business at the time. While some of the pieces are a kiaat veneer, it’s still a seriously solid (and well made) table. Just one look at the joins and you can see how well constructed this piece is. I love the asymmetry of the mirror, and those brass handles finish it off beautifully! Obviously over the course of 45 years there’s been a bit of wear, but aside from a few ring marks, and the odd minor chip in the veneer, it’s actually in fairly good condition. There’s also a small rip to the vinyl upholstery, but that would be easy enough to recover, and it doesn’t detract from how startlingly good looking this dressing table is.

A very handsome piece of furniture, and an excellent investment. I’d think you’d be looking at at least R10 000 to have something of this sort of quality made today!

Note: Please pay attention to the dimensions below – this is a fairly large piece.

Dimensions: Dressing table – 152cm wide x 48cm deep x 128cm tall; Stool – 68cm wide x 42cm deep x 50cm tall

Price: R2950

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Vintage Kitchen Table and Chairs

12 Dec

Vintage kitchen table & chairs

Vintage kitchen table & chairs

I’ve always liked these old formica kitchen tables – in fact I like them so much that I have a yellow one on my balcony – but this is an extra special version! It’s quite a bit older than most of the formica tables that you see, and has some very cool features, like that metal strip that runs around the circumference of the table and gives it a great American diner feel. My yellow table has a plastic strip , and it’s not quite the same! This table also has wooden sides which have been painted to match that minty green formica top, and solid metal legs (the legs are much chunkier than you normally find). The table is obviously quite worn in places, but that’s to be expected given it’s age (I think it mist be at least 45-50 years old), and on the whole it’s still a solid piece of furniture.

The chairs belong to a good friend of mine. I’ve been holding onto them waiting to find something to match them up with, and I think this table does a perfect job! The chairs are slightly more rustic than  the table, and could probably do with a good paint, although there’s a certain charm to just how worn they are. It looks like they were painted pink previously and some of this paint is starting to show through on the one chair – it was Janet’s favourite chair (she loved the pink/green combo!).

A very charming set that would look so sweet in a kitchen or on a covered balcony. The perfect place to eat your granola before you head out for the day!

Dimensions:  Table – 62cm wide x 91cm long x 77cm tall; Chairs – 88cm tall x 37cm wide

Price: Table – R980 – SOLD; Chairs – R220 each

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Walnut Veneer Dining Room Table

11 Dec

Art deco walnut veneer table

Art deco walnut veneer table

So I may have accidentally bought myself a new dining room table! Somehow I fell pray to that bad habit that a lot of dealers have and bought a new piece of furniture when I really have nowhere to put it, except for where my current dining room table is! I’ve looked and looked, but there’s really no space in that room for a second table, so it’s time for me to part with the very first table that I bought for myself as a grown-up. It’s a really lovely art deco design, but it’s taken a serious beating over the years (bizarrely, I’m not that kind to my own furniture!), and is need of some serious TLC. It’s a walnut veneer, and quite a bit of the veneer is missing along the sides of the tables, as well as on the legs. F0rtunately the top isn’t in too bad a nick, so it’s still quite a handsome piece of furniture, but the condition definitely leaves a lot to be desired, hence the ‘negotiable’ on the price tag!

Please give me a shout if you’d like to ask me any questions or come and have a look at the table. I really hope that it finds a happy home – it’s been a big part of my happy home for many years, and I’m sure that it will bring its new owner just as much joy!

Dimensions: 183cm long x 92 cm wide x 76cm tall

Price: R1650 negotiable

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Mid-Century Armchairs – SOLD

17 Nov

Pair of retro armchairs

Pair of retro armchairs

I bought these armchairs from separate homes, but the style of the legs made me think that they would make a good pair so I decided to cover them both in the same olive green fabric (the green is slightly deeper than it appears in the photos), and I think it was a good choice – don’t they look rather handsome together? Personally I prefer the bucket-shaped chair, but both chairs are very stylish – and pretty comfortable! In addition to re-upholstering the chairs, we’ve also sanded and varnished the legs, so the overall look is very clean. It may be a lot to pay for a pair of chairs, but if you look at what a contemporary version of these chairs would cost, you’ll realise that they’re pretty decent value for money!

Dimensions: Retro armchair – approx. 78cm tall x 70cm wide x 62cm deep; Bucket retro armchair – approx. 72cm tall x 80cm wide x 72cm deep

Price: R2250 each 

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Wooden Butcher’s Block – SOLD

14 Nov

Wooden butcher's block

Wooden butcher’s block

I’m absolutely delighted with how well this wooden butcher’s black came out! I was a bit reticent to buy it because the wood was quite scratched, and there were loads of stains on the top of the block from years of use. We’ve given it a good sanding and treated the legs with Woodoc oil and the top with ‘block butter’ – a bees wax treatment designed specifically for bread boards and butcher’s block that’s sadly only available from overseas, but I’m sure that you could find a local replacement (the wood does need treating to keep it looking good). The marks from using it as a cutting board still remain, but I quite like that  – it adds a certain authenticity to the piece and shows that it’s got some age to it. I’m not sure how old it is though? The friend who sold it to me seemed to think that it  was quite an old piece, and going on how well constructed it is, I think she might be right. The wood is solid (and I mean solid!) – sadly I just don’t think people make things like this anymore.

This is a seriously great piece of furniture – if they have the space in their kitchen, this is probably one of the coolest gifts you could give someone who’s seriously into their cooking!

P.S. A similar piece is selling on ebay for $700 (R7000)!

Dimensions: Approx. 1m tall x 50cm wide (a guesstimate because I forgot to take measurements!)

Price: R1650

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Retro Wooden Dressing Table – SOLD

12 Nov

Retro oak dressing table

Retro oak dressing table

I’ve bought very few dressing tables over the years, simply because of the amount of space they take up  – if I’m not careful Mint could easily take over our house! But I love the shape of this retro dressing table, and the fact that, for the large part, it’s solid wood (it looks like oak to me, but I’m not 100% certain). The two sides of the dressing table are veneer, but everything else – the drawers, the legs, the tops, are solid. And then there’re those brass handles, which I think are up there with the most lovely handles that I’ve ever seen – seriously, aren’t they just fantastic?!

A stupidly handsome dressing table! You’ll struggle to find a modern piece of furniture to rival it in terms of quality and style!

Note: There is some slight damage to the one piece of veneer (see pics under ‘more’), but otherwise the dressing table is in very good condition.

Dimensions: 121cm wide x 46cm deep x 168cm tall

Price: R2500

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